November Sports Preview
Holy Halloween, tomorrow is November 1st! How insane is that? This weekend we “fall back” an hour which, in my younger days, was always the best drinking night of the year. Meaning you’re sitting in your local watering hole, it turns 2 am Sunday morning, and *bing* the clock gets turned back to 1 am and the drinks keep flowing. Now, as a Dad, it means an extra hour (hopefully) of much needed sleep. In any event, November is upon us, which means multiple viewings of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Trading Places, as well as plenty of action in the world of sports. Here’s just a sample of what we can look forward to.
Football. November is generally the month where we separate the pigskin contenders from the pretenders. In college it’s Roll Tide until further notice, though FSU might be fun to watch, especially their upcoming tilt vs. Miami. In the NFL, teams like the Bengals, Colts, and Saints are looking to keep running away from the pack in their respective divisions. November 17th will give everyone a clear idea of just how good the 8-0 Chiefs are when Kansas City travels to Denver to test their mettle against Peyton Manning and Co. At long last, this year’s Thanksgiving Day games are also looking every bit as appetizing as the gut-busting meals being served across America. In the early game Detroit will host Green Bay in what promises to be an offensive shootout. The late afternoon game should be entertaining as well as Terrelle Pryor and the Raiders pay a visit to the up-and-down Cowboys. Finally, for those who can stomach one more game, it’s the usual Steelers/Ravens hatefest on the NFL Network.
Basketball. The pros are in full swing and November allows fans to dream big based on just a handful of games. For instance, as a Golden State Warriors fan I was very happy with yesterday’s opening night drubbing of the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure the Lakers are without Kobe but, hey, they still managed to beat the Clippers two days ago. Anyway, by the time the month is over the Warriors will have plenty of marquee match-ups vs. the likes of Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Memphis, and the aforementioned Clippers, so I’ll pretty much know where they stand. In Chicago all eyes will be on Derrick Rose and whether he’s all the way back from ACL surgery. Then there are the usual headlines: Will Miami repeat? Where will Carmelo end up? Why aren’t the Rockets dominating with Dwight Howard? Blah, blah, blah. Also, college hoops gets underway! Wake us when it’s March.
Hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks look to have plenty of competition this year for Lord Stanley’s cup. Out west the Avs and Sharks are a combined 20-2-2. In the East the Maple Leafs are off to a fast start but expect the usual suspects (Bruins and Penguins) to start asserting themselves. Sticking in the East, it looks like the New York Rangers are finally going to be allowed to play some home games in November. Thus far they’ve had one. Finally, who the hell signed off on calling one of the divisions the Metropolitan Division? Can this possibly be changed before November’s done?
Baseball. Now that the Red Sox have sewn up the series it’s time for postseason awards, and all of the biggies—Rookies of the Year, Managers of the Year, Cy Youngs, and MVPs—are handed out in November. Mid-month will see the GM/Owners meetings in Orlando. We know the Mets aren’t going to spend anything this off-season, but are the Yankees? Is anyone, for that matter? Stay tuned.
So there you have it. Baseball may be over but there’s still no shortage of compelling sporting events coming up in November. Enjoy.